Government on Tuesday night made a U-turn on the Kohinoor issue saying it would make all efforts to bring back the unique diamond. The government clarified its stand a day after it was reported that solicitor general of India had informed the Supreme Court that Kohinoor was “neither stolen nor forcibly” taken by British rulers but was given to East India company by erstwhile rulers of Punjab.
Supreme Court is hearing a PIL seeking return of Kohinoor to India.
In an official statement issued on Tuesday night, the government claimed it had not yet conveyed its views to the court “contrary to what is being misrepresented” in the media.
It said, ” The Solicitor General of India was asked to seek the views of Government of India, which have not yet been conveyed.The factual position is that the matter is sub judice at present.PIL has been filed in SC that is yet to be admitted.”
The statement issued by Directer General of Press Information Bureau said: “Government Reiterates its Resolve to Make all Possible Efforts to Bring Back Kohinoor Diamond in an Amicable Manner.”
The issue of government of India’s statement to the Supreme Court that the unique diamond Kohinoor was neither forcibly taken nor stolen but it was gifted to British by erstwhile rulers of Punjab has created furore in social media.
After the public outburst the government virtually made the U-turn on the issue.
It said the reported statement of solicitor general in the supreme court was only an oral statement made on the basis of existing reference made available by the ASI.
It said: “The government of India has not yet conveyed its views to the court, contrary to what is being misrepresented. The Court granted six weeks time on the prayer of the Solicitor General to take instructions for making his submission in the matter.”